FUNDING has been allotted for a feasibility research for a strolling and cycle route from Cork to Schull, that might be a game-changer for tourism in West Cork, just like the vastly profitable Waterford and Mayo greenways.
At a latest assembly of the native authority, councillors had been knowledgeable that Transport Infrastructure Eire (TII) has allotted €100,000 for a feasibility research to look into creating a greenway from Cork to Schull on some components of the outdated West Cork railway line, which closed in 1961.
And whereas it might be a long-term plan for a full Cork to Schull route, director of providers (highway and transportation) Padraig Barrett stated that he hopes to see sections of it delivered within the short-term.
Funding of €100,000 can be being allotted to hold out a feasibility research for a greenway from Cork to Kinsale, whereas an identical quantity in funding has additionally been allotted for a feasibility research for a ‘Lee to Sea’ greenway which might go from Macroom by means of Dripsey and on to Farran.
Mr Barrett stated the general allocation of €5.1m in funding for greenways in Cork county is a welcome stream of funding and will have important advantages for rural Cork.
‘These research will look to see if these outdated railway strains might be purchased again into use as greenways. Due to TII funding, there may be now a nationwide concentrate on greenways,’ he stated.
Cllr Declan Hurley (Ind) welcomed the feasibility research for a West Cork greenway and Mr Barrett additionally agreed with options from councillors that greenways have to be protected and safe and that lighting ought to be put in alongside the routes.
Whereas welcoming the funding, Cllr Kevin Murphy (FG) felt that they’ve ‘gone half daft’ on the idea of greenways.
‘It appears they’re creating wealth freely obtainable for greenways and whereas they’re welcome, we have now gone excessive and different strategic areas ought to be checked out, ‘ stated Cllr Murphy.
Mr Barrett additionally famous that usually the possession of the outdated railway strains lies with personal landowners and never with Cork County Council or the State.